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Centering exercise

spike bullet Daily Centering or Meditation Exercise

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This exercise is excellent for getting yourself centered and ready for your day.  If done daily, it will change your life.  How?  By helping you be calmer, more grounded and clearer about who you are vs. all the pressures that life can throw our way.  It can help to get rid of unwanted energy that tends to get mixed in with our own energy if we are not paying attention.  

  1. Start by finding a comfortable place to sit with your back straight, your feet flat on the floor (uncrossed) and your hands on your legs (palms up, uncross).  
  2. Take a few deep breaths and letting your body relax.
  3. Imagine a cord from the base of your spine going deep into the Earth.  The cord will be a drain to let any unwanted energy go back into the Earth. 
  4. Now, imagine a ball of light about 8-12 inches wide above your head.  It should be a color that you feel represents "you" energetically.  If you re not sure what color to choose, then imagine the color gold like the Sun. 
  5. Now, let that ball of your own energy move down through your chakras, pushing out any unwanted energy down through your body into the cord at the base of your spine and down into the Earth. 
    • Let the ball of your own energy swirl about your 7th chakra (the crown or top of your head), pushing out anything unwanted there. 
    • Then, move down into the 6th chakra (your "third eye" - about your forehead), letting the ball of your energy cleanse that area.
    • Then, move down to the 5th chakra (your throat area), letting the ball of your energy that area.
    • Then, move down to the 4th chakra (your heart area), letting the ball of your energy cleanse that area.
    • Then, move down to the 3rd chakra (your solar plexus/stomach), letting the ball of your energy cleanse that area.
    • Then, move down to the 2nd chakra (your sexual organs), letting the ball of your energy cleanse that area.
    • Then, move down to the 1st chakra (the base of your spine), letting the ball of your energy cleanse that area.
    • Let all the unwanted energy push itself deep down into the Earth.
  6. Take a deep breath and relax. 
  7. Now, imagine the energy of the Earth coming up through the bottoms of your feet, filling your legs with its richness, then continuing up through your clean chakras until  it burst forth from the top of your head.  And, feel the energy of your own energy mix with the energy of Earth as it moves up through your spine and your chakras.
  8. Allow the energy of the Earth to overflow all around the outside of your body like a fountain so that you are wrapped in the combined energy of our own and of the Earth.

You can stay like that as long as you are comfortable, or do the exercise and go about your day.  When you are ready to come back to the present reality, close down the opening at the top of your head and at the base of your spine so that you are holding your own energy for the rest of the day.

Thank the Sun and the Earth for helping you and sharing their powerful energy with you.   

This energetic exercise will last 3-4 hours.  If you find yourself getting stressed during the day, you can stop for a few minutes and do the exercise quickly to restore your balance. 

As you learn to do it more easily, you will find you can do it very quickly to "reset" your energetic self back into balance.  It's particularly helpful to do a quick chakra balancing exercise before entering a chaotic situation or a meeting that has potential conflicts.  

About the Chakras

7th Chakra / Crown.  The top of the head known as the crown chakra.  It is most commonly associated with the color Violet.  The 7th chakra is related to spiritual wisdom and connectedness to higher wisdom and All That Is.  

6th Chakra /Third Eye.  The third eye, or the forehead is the 6th chakra.  It is most commonly associated with the color Indigo and is related to  intuition, telepathy, meditation and inner sight. 

5th Chakra / Throat.  The throat area is the 5th chakra.  It is most commonly associated with the color Blue and is related to expression and communication.  

4th Chakra / Heart.  The heart area is the 4th chakra.  It is most commonly associated with the color Green and is related to compassion, love, agape and acceptance.  

3rd Chakra / Solar Plexus.  The solar plexus is the 3rd chakra.  It is between the area above your navel up to the bottom of the rib cage.  The 3rd chakra is most commonly associated with the color Yellow.  It is the source of power for men, and is related to power, control and competition.  Our society's business model has been the male model of 3rd chakra power.  

2nd Chakra / Sacral.  The 2nd chakra is located in the area of the abdomen and sexual organs of women.  It is most commonly associated with the color Orange and governs creativity, vitality and sexual energy.  This is the source of power for women.  They bring their 2nd chakra energy up through the 3rd chakra and out through the 4th chakra, the heart.  

1st Chakra / Root.  The base of the spine is the root chakra.  It is most commonly associated with the color Red and is related to your connection to the Earth, survival and instinct. 

There are many other chakras in the body though 2 sets are used regularly.  

  1. The palms of the hands have significant chakras.  These are used in dowsing, hands on healing, the gentle touch of a friend or a mother comforting a child.  
  2. The chakras in the soles of the feet help us to connect with the Earth.  

Notes: 

  1. There is not total agreement about the colors associated with the chakras.  Everyone pretty much agrees on which colors, just may not agree on which colors belong with which chakras.  
  2. There are also different opinions about what position to use for meditation or chakra cleansing exercises.  We prefer sitting in a chair.  Some people are more comfortable lying down, others may like the lotus position or a kneeling position.  Use whatever works for you. 

Deep Cleaning of the Chakras

To deep clean the chakras, follow the same as above with deeper cleaning.  As you do each chakra, do it consciously that you are cleaning out any unwanted or stuck energy that needs to be released from your body and your energy field.

Imagine that you are the cleaning crew for a 7 floor building with each floor of the building being one of the chakras.  For each chakra, visualize and use the color of the chakra as your mop, your broom, your scrubbing brush, your hose, your cleaning cloth and your paint brush.

Start at the top of your head with the 7th chakra / crown.  The color to use for the 7th chakra is Violet.  Do a really deep cleaning in every corner of this floor.  Scrub and wash and sweep and spray down and polish the entire chakra with Violet until it is sparkling clean.  Then, paint it with a fresh coat of Violet paint.

Then, move down to the 6th chakra / third eye.  Do the same deep cleaning with the color Indigo (deep purple/blue).  Do a really deep cleaning in every corner of this floor.  Scrub and wash and sweep and spray down and polish the entire chakra with Indigo until it is sparkling clean.  Then, paint it with a fresh coat of Indigo paint.

Then, move down to the 5th chakra / throat area.  Do the same deep cleaning with the color Blue.  Do a really deep cleaning in every corner of this floor. Scrub and wash and sweep and spray down and polish the entire chakra with Blue until it is sparkling clean.  Then, paint it with a fresh coat of Blue paint.

Then, move down to the 4th chakra / heart area.  Do the same deep cleaning with the color Green.  Do a really deep cleaning in every corner of this floor. Scrub and wash and sweep and spray down and polish the entire chakra with Green until it is sparkling clean.  Then, paint it with a fresh coat of Green paint.

Then, move down to the 3rd chakra / solar plexus area.  Do the same deep cleaning with the color Yellow.  Do a really deep cleaning in every corner of this floor.  Scrub and wash and sweep and spray down and polish the entire chakra with Yellow until it is sparkling clean.  Then, paint it with a fresh coat of Yellow paint.

Then, move down to the 2nd chakra / sacral area.  Do the same deep cleaning with the color Orange.  Do a really deep cleaning in every corner of this floor.  Scrub and wash and sweep and spray down and polish the entire chakra with Orange until it is sparkling clean.  Then, paint it with a fresh coat of Orange paint.

Then, move down to the 1st chakra / root.  Do the same deep cleaning with the color Red.  Do a really deep cleaning in every corner of this floor.  Scrub and wash and sweep and spray down and polish the entire chakra with Red until it is sparkling clean.  Then, paint it with a fresh coat of Red paint.

Once the chakras are completely clean, do the daily cleaning and refresh exercise to keep them clean.

If you find that you cannot get a chakra completely clean and open, wait a day or two and try again.  Eventually, you will be able to clean them all.

Source & credits:  I want to acknowledge Lena Stevens, co-founder of the Power Path School of Shamanism for teaching me this exercise. 

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     July 2001 - Balancing Life and Work 
     October, 2002 - Reducing Stress in the Workplace
     May 2002 - Stress: How It Affects The Roles We Play
     September 2004 - Stress Busters:  Managing Stress in the Workplace

 

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